The 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program, formed in response to the Great Depression, brought 30,000 young, unemployed men from eastern cities and Midwest farms to work solving ecological problems in Nevada. Ecological blows added to economic problems when severe winters were followed by droughts, Mormon cricket infestations, and rampant range fires. The Grazing Service’s CCC program in the West was critical to implementing the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. CCC camps were also created in the U. S. Forest Service, the Parks Service and Soil Conservation Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, Biological Survey, and the Navy Ammunition Depot in Hawthorne. These 15 oral histories with CCC camp alumni were one component of a larger study of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Nevada.
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Chadwell, C.A. "Chad", 1917-2010; Crawford, Marshall Andrew, 1915-2009; Cushing, Calvin C., 1916-2009; DeCarlo, Michael P., 1920-2011; Ferguson, William D. “W.D.”, 1921-2002; Fry, Raymond Hart, 1913-2002; Hash, Ralph N., 1917-2011; Haynes, Herman Jr., 1922-; Hines, Rex J., 1919-2001; Norman, Harry, 1920-2006; Randall, Elmer R., 1908-2004; Rosowski, Edmund E., 1916-2005; Ruchty, Joseph, 1921-2010; Wilbur, Vernard Henry "Bud", 1919-2003
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